Rabbi Elozer Gestetner

Think again! – A Bonfire in Bondi

So this week the bonfire celebration of Lag B’omer lit up the night sky at No. 1 Penkivil Street Bondi on the small vacant lot near the Tzemach Tzedek shule. I don’t know how Benny Amzalak (President of Tzemack Tzedek shule) pulled this one off in a residential area, especially …

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Think Again – Exodus 21:23 – “A life for a life”

Think again! State sanctioned death penalty is cruel.  It displays a distinctly vengeful, barbaric, indifferent and callous society.  A Jew struggles with the culture of the death penalty in the simple knowledge of the sanctity of the soul and indeed the sacredness of the body.  Our bodies are not ours …

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Think Again. # we’ll walk with Tori Johnson & Katrina Dawson.

Once again I am posting a beautiful item written by my rabbi in this week’s newsletter from my shul/synagogue, Coogee. NSW. I have to say I was in tears at the end of reading this. I went to visit the makeshift shrine at Martin Place today. The overall sombre tone …

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Think again – What a week, a response to terrorism

  Coogee Synagogue Weekly News. It has not been a good week for the Jewish people; again another murderous terrorist attack, in the heart of Jerusalem, in the religious suburb of Har Nof. It was the fourth week in a row that a terrorist attack has occurred; this time the perpetrators …

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Think Again – Shabbos project coming soon

The South African chief rabbi Warren Goldstein started a revolution last year. He encouraged, cajoled and persuaded his Sth African community to keep just one Shabbos. So Parshat Noah last year the entire South African Jewish community got behind him and from Friday evening sundown through to Saturday evening at …

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Think Again – Where is the Chief Rabbi of Israel?

It was a tough week again in the aftermath of the burial of our boy’s Naphtali, Eyal and Gilad. It was tough both in Israel and for diaspora Jewry; tough in Israel because of the Hundreds of deadly rockets reigning down over Israel from its crazy neighbors. It has become …

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Think Again – Peter Greste and the “Bilaam” syndrome.

This is written by my rabbi,  Elozer Gestetner from Coogee Synagogue, an Orthodox synagogue in Coogee, a beach-side suburb of Sydney.  The rabbi and his family are Chabad-Lubavitch and are representatives of the world wide Chabad Chassidic Movement..I think he has been our rabbi for 30 years now. He writes …

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